Assisted Living in Lakewood, Colorado
Lakewood is a scenic suburb in the Denver metropolitan area, a growing community whose population has risen by 10.8% since 2010 according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The city’s senior demographic makes up 15.9% of the community. Drawn by Lakewood’s reputation as one of America’s most senior-friendly cities — featuring excellent health care facilities, a high doctor-to-patient ratio and an abundance of opportunities to stay fit and active — this population of adults 65 and over has access to a selection of 18 assisted living facilities.
Assisted living costs vary depending on the location of a facility and its service and amenities. The average cost of assisted living in Lakewood is $4,500 per month.
Note: Data specific to Lakewood was not available. The figure for the Denver area is quoted here instead.
Paying for Assisted Living in Lakewood, CO
The Cost of Assisted Living in Lakewood
The average monthly cost of assisted living in Lakewood is $4,500, about 10% higher than the national average of $4,051 and 9% higher than the state of Colorado’s overall average of $4,095, according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey. All neighboring states have less expensive average monthly rates, although Kansas is only marginally cheaper at $4,473 per month and New Mexico’s $4,100 monthly average is still close. Most nearby states have monthly averages that are 15% cheaper or more, though, such as Nebraska at $3,819, Wyoming at $3,780, Arizona at $3,750 and Oklahoma at $3,518. At $3,400 per month on average, Utah’s assisted living rate is almost 25% lower.
Assisted living costs more in Lakewood than in most other large municipalities in Colorado. The average monthly costs are slightly higher in Boulder ($4,750) and Grand Junction ($4,699). Elsewhere the expense is at least 11% lower, often more: Colorado Springs assisted living averages $4,000 per month, closely matched by Greeley at $3,988 monthly and Fort Collins at $3,848. Pueblo is the state’s least expensive major center for assisted living at a $3,800 monthly average.
Lakewood Assisted Living Financial Assistance
Health First Colorado is public health insurance for the state’s low-income residents, is provided through Medicaid and offers two waiver programs that may help seniors pay for assisted living: the Home and Community-Based Services Waiver and the Elderly, Blind and Disabled Waiver. Eligibility is based on meeting certain income and asset criteria, and applications are processed by the local Social Security office. For veterans who need help with activities of daily living, who suffer from reduced visual acuity or who find themselves bedridden with chronic illness, the Aid and Attendance pension can be applied to assisted living costs.
Learn more about these kinds of financial assistance for assisted living at our Assisted Living in Colorado page.
Lakewood Assisted Living Resources
|DPHE Consumer Resources||(877) 462-2911||Colorado’s Department of Health & Environment provides an array of information resources on choosing an assisted living facility, how to resolve resident concerns and the filing of complaints. The Department also provides a Quick Guide for Seniors that covers a wide range of urgent topics from Medicare through fall prevention and offers general information on Assisted Living Residences (ALRs). An online dashboard through the DPHE allows prospective residents in long-term care to search and view the results of inspections conducted in the last 5 years for all providers licensed by the Department.|
|DRCOG Area Agency on Aging||(303) 480-6700||The Denver Region Council of Government runs the region’s Area Agency on Aging, which is tasked with providing insurance counseling, support in making informed decisions about long-term care, and promoting awareness and education around elder and resident rights in assisted living residence and other kinds of eldercare facilities. It also runs the local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).|
|Clements Center Reachout Office||(303) 987-4838||The Clements Center provides benefits check-up for seniors 55 and over, along with information and referrals to over 3,500 other programs for older adults. It provides personalized guidance and counseling for personal needs, legal programs, housing and transportation from Senior Support Specialists.|
|Veterans Affairs – Denver Regional Office||(800) 827-1000||The Denver Regional Office of Veterans Affairs in Lakewood offers guidance and counseling for senior veterans in accessing their rightful benefits. For veterans in assisted living, this may include the Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound allowance among other possible benefits.|
|Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) – Benefits in Action||(720) 221-8354||The Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides information and direct counseling for seniors on how to navigate and get the most out of their Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Counselors are available at offices across the state to help with understanding the system and filing claims. Lakewood is served by Denver’s Benefits in Action office.|
Lakewood Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment licenses and regulates Assisted Living Residences (ALRs) in the state. They’re required to provide room and board, assistance with activities of daily living, medication management and recreational activities, transportation support and the routine presence of licensed staff on-site for certain kinds of resident support. Visit our Assisted Living in Colorado page to learn more.